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Miss Vietnam USA Claims Pageant No Pay Her

5/3/2009 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Yen LeCongratulations Miss Vietnam USA -- you've just won $10,000 (which you're not getting) and a new car (which you have to finance yourself).

According to a lawsuit filed earlier this week in Orange County, Yen Le -- who was crowned Miss Vietnam USA in November 2007 -- is suing the pageant organizers because she alleges she was supposed to receive $10,000 and a new Mercedes for winning.

Now get this -- not only does she claim she never got the $10K, but she says the pageant made her lease the car in her own name ... and then they defaulted on the payments.

She's suing for over $50K in damages, plus interest, attorneys' fees and court costs.


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The Tards are finally coming out for a lifetime of tardiness.

1961 days ago


im not vietnamese, but that title is MESSED UP tmz. you better change it you racists. youre just as low as miley cyrus.

1961 days ago


tmz you go pay her now you put her picture up and you owe her yen and deep friend squid to go!!

1961 days ago


This is shockingly offensive. The racist who wrote this headline should be fired immediately. I hope that TMZ takes action immediately. Shame on TMZ. And shame on those readers who add racist comments following your lead.

1961 days ago


I have to agree with Asian; and no I'm not Asian as well. Just find it insensitive and appalling that TMZ would use such a racially improper title. I too find it disgusting some of the posters here who agree with you and even make similar "funny" comments. I think I find that a bit more disturbing than the title. Guess this country hasn't come nearly as far as I thought. I come here to get away from Perez and the pushing of his agenda. And no I find nothing wrong with that group either. Just think a gossip site should be about that; gossip. I may now begin to look elsewhere. Please fix the title; and for the others on here; stop and put yourself in the other persons shoes before making similar comments. What if you were of another race or perhaps had a disability; or possibly your child; would you want others making fun of them?

1961 days ago


"No Pay Her" is the racist words? Miss Vietnam Pageant is a disgrace.
Miss Vietnam USA Pageant asked for the ridicule by not paying Yen Le.

Her first name is YEN! Dam this soo hilarious !

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1961 days ago


No pay her?

Harvey he no classy boy.

1961 days ago


This hurts the rep of the Vietnamese prople. Lets start a collection to pay off Yen Li.
Then deport the pageant organizers back to Vietnam.

1961 days ago


This title and the prince "Indian giver" tilte are why the rest of the world hates USA. Stupid racist idiots you are. Hey you, you gorgeous, tall, dark, long haired man who sets Harvey right once in a while, get out of there. You obviously are uncomfortable with Harvey's type of so called journalism. Run. Make a prestigeous name foryouself. Don't let Harvey's need fro greed take you down. And that blonde reporter, your pet peeve is eating when someone is walking? God you are stupid. You stay right where you are. Better take what you can get. Question Harvey. Do you think your website would do as well if you only published stories that were only positive? If not, maybe it is time to seek out a new profession because you are taking humanity down with you.

1961 days ago


Way to invite the stupid racist comments TMZ! Keep up the good work!

1961 days ago


I guess at this point, we should no longer be surprised.

We already know what we're here for, and we already know what TMZ does. And perhaps, sometimes, even they may foolishly be caught up in their own sensationalism, while trying to make a product that they think appeals to the masses and the people in it. We should no longer feel surprised when we see them do something utterly repulsive and offensive.

It's what they're famous for.

Are they doing it just for the money? Is it their own fame that they gain through the exploitation,
and without the consent, of others?
Is it because they think that's all we want from our entertainment?
Or are they just trying to keep us in the place where we are, still ignorant, and in many ways, still wrong.

I think in the end, anything TMZ does, is just a reflection of ourselves. Yes, they can cross the line too, just as we as people cross the line in our day to day mistakes and dealings with one another. Our world is about all the wrong things, and all the people in it seem to be focused on the wrong things.

We are absolutely horrible in our treatment of others, and especially horrible in our treatment of others that we may feel aren't "like" or don't "look like" ourselves. I have many friends who are Asian, and they suffer daily taunts even to this day, even from grown individuals. Some of them have even been assaulted for nothing other than being Asian, while those mocking always mock the same ignorant characteristics. "Open your eyes" with the famous Miley slant, or "You no speaka English". Come up with something more creative, because you are only showing your own ignorance.

I don't even fault Miley Cyrus. She is just a young girl, who has grown up in a racist society, and a racist industry that prevents her from properly educating herself, while prohibiting the growth of her soul..

She is only doing what she knows, which young people at that age still do. She is only repeating things she has probably seen all her life from the people she works with in the industry, or her friends and sadly, maybe even members of her own family..

And yet, all the comments on that photo said, "Oh, it's no big deal!"... "Oh, people are just crying over nothing. Get over it" "Haha.. I think it was actually funny"... "Asians have slanted eyes, so what!" and some comments were even violent, and spewing the same ugly hatred that everybody seems to be spewing these days. Either because they hate themselves, their lives, or the world they live in, and can't wait to take it out on anybody, because they can't deal with themselves. Hate is more fun.

If Miley did something that would have had Al Sharpton up her ass... now there would've been problems.

But make fun of Asians, and it's okay.

I think in the end, all we see, is that we live in a foolish world, with foolish people catering to our own foolish desires

1961 days ago


you people... take stick out of @ss, raff rong be serious all time...

1961 days ago


she kinda looks like Rihanna, pay the lady

1961 days ago


The title for this "article" is racist and offensive. This will be the last time I visit your site.

1961 days ago
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